Northants Open Gardens for the NGS May 8

YOU have to hand it to those hardy gardeners who open their private plots to raise money for the NGS. It’s been the driest start to spring on record and they’ve probably been watering more than weeding. Whatever happened to those April showers?

This Sunday, May 8, you can visit two villages who are opening their gardens for the NGS.

A hugely popular open event is for the nine gardens at Spratton, just north of Northampton, which are open on Sunday between 11am-5pm. Spratton Gardens, Spratton, Northamptonshire, NN6 8HL usually attracts hundreds of visitors, and entry is just £5 for all the gardens.

Waltham Cottage

The gardens are:

The Stables
Mulberry Cottage
The Granary
Waltham Cottage
11 High Street
Spratton Grange Farm
Dale House
Forge Cottage
Virginia Cottage

Spratton has a mixture of different types of houses and gardens, some dating back to the 17th century and some very modern. The gardens too are a mixture of formal and informal, with ancient trees and new vegetable plots jostling for attention.

Several of the gardens have wonderful views over rolling countryside. There are eight in the centre of the village and the ninth, and largest, was created from a farm. As usual, there will be teas and cakes at St Andrew’s Church and one of the gardens will be hosting a massive plant sale.  

Also open on Sunday are Islip Gardens, Islip, nr Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN14 3JY which includes a new opening at Headmaster’s House.
This ancient village features a mixture of gardens, with teas and plants for sale. The featured gardens, all open between 12noon and 5pm, are:

8 Lowick Road
Manor Farm
30 Lowick Road
Headmasters House

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